Lobbying Meeting with State Representative Dan Miller

Please join us on Tuesday, July 5 at 11:30am for a lobbying meeting with State Representative Dan Miller.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on July 5th from 10:30am – 11:30am.

We will be meeting Rep. Miller to discuss his role in the climate caucus and funding local public transportation to help get cars off the road and relieve the poor air quality in his district. We will also discuss solar advocacy priorities, such as enabling community solar with HB 1555, updating our solar goals with HB 1080/SB501, or stopping homeowners associations from blocking solar with SB 826/HB 1996. More information and the bill can be found here: Protect your right to go solar in Pennsylvania | Solar United Neighbors.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

IPL Summer Solstice Webinar 2022

Join us for our Summer Solstice Webinar on June 21 to hear how the latest national Solar Certified Cool Congregations reduced their carbon footprint, and get inspired to cut the carbon at your house of worship.

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than to be inspired by congregations that are using the energy of the sun to do their part in healing our Sacred Earth.

The webinar will be on June 21 at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern. 

Mark your calendars, and register here.

A full range of congregations will present their experiences:

Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship, a tiny church with only 55 members, has reduced the emissions from their worship facility by 40%, saving 15 tons of carbon emissions and nearly $2,000 per year in energy costs.

We’ll also hear from a medium sized congregation with audacious net zero emissions plans, and a huge congregation that paid $0 down and is certified at the 20% carbon reduction level.

Learn how they got started, overcame challenges, and successfully cut their energy use through energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations.

I’ll also give an overview on various methods congregations use to finance solar based on IPL’s free Solar Financing Guide that I authored, based on my decades-long experience with renewable energy.

Register here for the Summer Solstice Webinar.

Invite your congregation’s building committee, governing board, or green team to join the webinar to get inspired to take action to heal the climate at your house of worship.

These national Certified Cool Congregations are building the movement of people of faith and conscience showing the world that we can take concrete and achievable steps to safeguard the climate for future generations.

Thank you for all you do to care for our common home.

Allegheny SolarFest 2022 – Steel to Solar

PA IPL is excited to be hosting a table at Allegheny SolarFest 2022! In-Person! This year’s theme is Steel to Solar.

Join PA IPL, solar industry experts, and electric vehicle owners to learn more about our expanded work in 2022, and solar energy & electric vehicle technologies in Western PA. View the Mill 19, 2-megawatt solar installation, the largest sloped roof in the US. Celebrate SW PA’s Solar Future with local food & beverages as well as local artists & musicians!


When:

Saturday, June 18th
Noon-6pm

Where:
Hazelwood’s Green Plaza @ Mill 19
4501 Lytle St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207

This year’s event is free; however, please consider donating $5 per person to help Solar United Neighbors install solar panels on energy efficient homes in Hazelwood.

There will be a priority parking lot for electric vehicle owners. Contact SolarFest if you would like to share information on your own electric vehicle at the Festival.

PA IPL’s Development Associate, Kathy Hrabovsky, will be “tabling” from Noon-6pm. Stop by to meet Kathy! Please consider volunteering at the PA IPL table for an hour or so to give Kathy a chance to enjoy a bit of the Festival. Email or call Kathy: outreach@paipl.org or 412-953-5202 to learn more and to volunteer.

Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s May 23rd Program!

The Clean Energy Co-op

For our May 23rd program, Joy Baxter presents about The Clean Energy Co-op’s support of local solar projects. This presentation is a follow-up to last month’s program: Ron Celentano’s PA Solar Update.

In the Spring of 2021 a new finance option for nonprofits and community businesses looking to install solar became available in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Clean Energy Co-op supports local solar energy projects that benefit our community through a pooled funding approach. The proven and awarded model has helped nonprofits and community businesses ‘go solar’ through the investments of co-op members. Co-op members engage in socially conscious investing to enable the development of solar installations. Membership is attractive to residents that are not able to install solar on their own home or want to make a difference in their community. In addition to helping to finance solar installations, The Clean Energy Co-op educates nonprofits, especially Houses of Worship on all financing options for going solar.

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Joy Baxter is a trained Creation Care Ambassador for Blessed Tomorrow and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is chair of the Green Team of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, co-chair of the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee and chair of the Southeast PA chapter of the Clean Energy Co-op that develops renewable energy installations through local community investment. Joy has used her background in engineering to bring a fresh analysis and solutions. We are grateful to Joy Baxter for presenting this program.

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Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting – May 2022

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:45 via Zoom.  We email a link to people on the Tuesday prior — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

Please note: Main Line PA IPL’s normal monthly chapter meeting takes place from 7:00 – 7:30pm for chapter members only.
The program, which is open to all, begins at 7:30pm and is followed by a Q and A ending at 8:45pm.

To make sure you get the links, reach out to conveners Courtenay Willcox and Chuck Marshall by emailing them at mainline@paipl.org — and be sure to add mainline@paipl.org to your contacts!

The Clean Energy Co-op

For our May 23rd program, we will hear from Joy Baxter who will will present about The Clean Energy Co-op’s support of local solar projects. This presentation is a follow-up to last month’s program: Ron Celentano’s PA Solar Update. We hope you can join us.

In the Spring of 2021 a new finance option for nonprofits and community businesses looking to install solar became available in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Clean Energy Co-op supports local solar energy projects that benefit our community through a pooled funding approach. The proven and awarded model has helped nonprofits and community businesses ‘go solar’ through the investments of co-op members. Co-op members engage in socially conscious investing to enable the development of solar installations.  Membership is attractive to residents that are not able to install solar on their own home or want to make a difference in their community.  In addition to helping to finance solar installations, The Clean Energy Co-op educates nonprofits, especially Houses of Worship on all financing options for going solar.

We are grateful that Joy Baxter will present Monday’s program. Joy is a trained Creation Care Ambassador for Blessed Tomorrow and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is chair of the Green Team of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, co-chair of the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee and chair of the Southeast PA chapter of the Clean Energy Co-op that develops renewable energy installations through local community investment. Joy has used her background in engineering to bring a fresh analysis and solutions.

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Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s April 25th Program!

Status of Solar PV in Pennsylvania with Ron Celentano

For our April 25th program, Ron Celentano gives us a brief overview of the solar penetration in the US and more specifically the development in Pennsylvania, and how it compares to other states. An overview of current solar policy issues in PA is also presented, including legislative bills, regulatory developments, continuing barriers, and other topics.

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Ron Celentano is a solar energy industry consultant with Celentano Energy Services (CES). He started working in the solar energy field over 40 years ago, with more than 25 years focused on solar PV. Generally, his experience covers technical and policy related fields, including system design, commissioning, testing, performance monitoring installation; project oversight representing the customer; expert witness regarding technical assessments of PV systems and products; installer/code official training, curriculum development, rebate program administration. He has been involved with helping shape most all of Pennsylvania’s state laws and regulations in solar energy over the past two decades, including net metering, interconnection, PA’s solar share requirement, closing the borders, and many other policy related issues. Currently he is President of Pennsylvania Solar & Storage Industries Assoc. (PASSIA) and V.P. of Mid-Atlantic Solar & Storage Industries Assoc. (MSSIA) for Pennsylvania; Technical Director of Philadelphia Solar Energy Assoc. (PSEA); Board Member of Power up Gambia; and he holds a BS in Physics and MS in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

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